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October

2023

Barlow Trail Road Landslide Repair Work to Start Next Spring

By Ty Walker

Barlow Trail Road Landslide Repair Work to Start Next Spring

It’s been over a 1.5 years since a landslide wiped out chunks of Barlow Trail Road. Clackamas County closed the historic road on Jan. 6, 2022, near Barlow Trail Road Bridge at milepost 1.65.

Construction of the repair project is expected to go out for bid in November. Work is set to begin in April 2024 with a June 2024 completion date.

The landslide closure is 200 feet west of Brightwood Bridge Road, between E. Boulder Creek Lane and Brightwood Bridge Road. The road will remain closed until the repairs are complete. Drivers will be detoured around the site until then.

The $1.65 million project will stabilize the landslide and repair the road to make it safe for travelers. A Federal Highway Administration grant and matching county road funds will pay for the project.
Barlow Trail Road is a historic road built in 1846 by Sam Barlow and Philip Foster. It served as the last overland segment of the Oregon Trail. bartender even claimed to have witnessed trays and kitchenware moving inexplicably, he firmly believed the spirits were the culprits. Despite the ghostly presence, Exley takes it all in stride, adding a unique layer to the roadhouse’s allure.

Barlow Trail Roadhouse has also gained a reputation for its culinary offerings. While it’s known for its rich history, the establishment is equally renowned for its mouthwatering fish and chips, often drawing comparisons to coastal eateries. Exley shared that they use freshly frozen halibut, cut it themselves, and ensure that each portion is between one and a half to two and a half ounces, guaranteeing a consistent and delicious dining experience.

As for the future of Barlow Trail Roadhouse, Rick Exley has his sights set on retirement. At 63, he hopes to step back from daily operations within the next decade. While the roadhouse will eventually change hands, it’s clear that the legacy of this iconic establishment will continue to thrive, thanks to the Exleys’ dedication and the unique charm that has made Barlow Trail Roadhouse a beloved community staple.

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